Tag Archives: Wine

  • Low calories drinks to beat the bulge

    February 16, 2019

    Here are some tipples that are a perfect to complement your diet. These are a few we think you should try.

    “Diet” Beers

    hufi gluten free beer can Hufi Gluten Free Beer

    In general, beer has been considered the worst possible alcoholic drink one can consume. Packed with gluten, yeast and grains, beers commonly cause inflammation and bloating for those who imbibe in it. In recent years however, in an attempt to shake off the “unhealthy” label, beer makers have been coming up with calorie restricted beers that taste just like beer. Hufi is one such beer. With only 93 calories per bottle, this guilt free brew tastes great and considering with standard beers your ingesting between 144-220 calories, is a dieters best friend. Another low calorie beer we recommend is Skinny Lager. This is a full flavour, full strength lager with half the calories which has become hugely popular in the UK particularly among athletes trying to avoid empty calories.


    Wines that won’t ruin a waistline

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    Although beer is considered the worst for your waistline, wines are not far behind. On average, your standard glass of wine has 125 calories but this can go all the way up to 200 depending on your bottle of choice. Much like beer, your body has to burn off alcohol and carbs from the wine before it can burn off any fat you’re storing, making it tough on your waistline. As a rule of thumb we recommend you drink white rather than red if your aim is to lower your calorie intake. Within white wines, those with lower alcohol (9-12 %ABV) will work out about 110-140 calories per 175ml glass. You will find these typically come from northern Europe or cooler regions. Seek out Pinot Grigio and other Italian whites, and also Spain's Albarino. One wine we can recommend is our Sutter Home White Zinfandel, which has only 70 calories per glass. It's also worth noting that a glass of Prosecco is actually lower in calories than a white wine. If that’s not an excuse to break out the bubbles we don’t know what is!


    The best of a bad bunch

    two glasses of norcal Margarita NorCal Margarita

    Spirits have the least impact on the waistline according to most dietitians, as they contain the least amount of calories. On average a standard serving of the classic spirits contains about 64 calories. Again, there are a few do’s and don'ts with spirits. For instance, instead of using full fat soft drinks as mixers instead use diet and sugar-free alternatives, the best being soda water and sparkling water. Of all the classic spirits, tequila is said to be the least harm to your waistline, as its the only spirit not derived from grains. So our drink recommendation is the NorCal Margarita from Paleo pioneer Rob Wolfe. Here’s the recipe;

    1 Lime
    Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila

    Soda Water or Sparkling Mineral Water
    1 Tall Glass

    Fill glass with ice
    Add 3 ounces of tequila
    Juice half of your lime into the glass
    Top with soda water
    Garnish with a lemon wedge

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  • 6 Great Father's Day Gifts

    June 8, 2017

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    It’s time to mark your calendars for Father’s Day. Falling on the 18th of June this year, it will be here before you know it. It is not exactly panic time at the moment, as you still have a little time to get him the perfect gift.

    Ordering the Perfect Gift

    Save yourself from all the hustle and bustle of the high street by ordering your gift online from the award winning Molloys website. There is the fantastic option of having the gift delivered straight to your father with an attached gift message of your choosing (this option is at the checkout stage). This option is particularly popular with people sending home father’s day gifts from abroad.

    One of the best things about buying whiskey, wine or beer as a gift, is that you know the likelihood of the gift being used is very high. Rather than aftershave, clothes or a Groupon voucher, get them a nice bottle of whiskey, or something quirky like a beer making kit! To read about the top 5 Irish whiskies under €100, click here.

    Below are a selection of gifts that he will be sure to love. If nothing below tickles you’re fancy we have hundreds of more products available on our website which you can check out here.

    6 Great Gifts 


    Beer Making Kit: Everyday IPA


    Brewing your own beer at home has become very popular. Its great fun and a great educational experience for any beer lover. This Everyday IPA has a lovely bitterness from Columbus hops and its fragrant citrus aroma from super aromatic hops. If that is not your fathers cup of tea, we also have different variations of the beer making kit; including  an Oatmeal Stout, a Double IPA.  a Black IPA and more.

    Beer Making Kit: Everyday IPA

    Irish American 8 Pack


    Another great gift idea for any beer nut. You get to taste some of the best craft beers from America and Ireland. They include beers from some of the best breweries, including Sierra Nevada, Founders, Brooklyn, Lagunitas and Trouble Brewing.

    Irish American 8 pk 4x50cl / 4x35cl btl

    Glenfiddich 12 Year Old


    Dating all the way back to 1887, this Scotch has won numerous awards in its respective category, Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Aged in fine American oak casks and European oak Sherry casks, giving it a light, sweetly oaked flavour. Creamy and smooth with a very mellow finish. 


    Glenfiddich 12YR Old 700ml

    Redbreast 15 Year Old:


    A really incredible single pot still whiskey. A little pricier than the 12 year old but worth every cent. It's a lot richer and stronger than the 12 year old. Really balanced and well rounded with mellow fruit, combined with spice and toasted wood.

    Redbreast 15 year old 70cl

    Bordeaux Classic in Wood


    One of our best selling wine gift packs. it includes two incredible wines from the Bordeaux region in France. These wines have been selected by wine experts and have received rave reviews from the press; making this a must buy. 

    Bordeaux Classic in Wood

    Bordeaux Trio


    Another option from one of the best wine regions in the world, is this lovely trio of Bordeaux wines. These wines have been chosen by wine experts, meaning that they are of a very high standard. They come in a lovely wooden presentation box. 

    Bordeaux Trio

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  • 10 Things to know about wines from Bordeaux

    January 12, 2017

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    If you’d like to learn about Bordeaux, the world’s most famous wine region, read on!

    1.It’s France’s largest Appellation Contrôlée region by far. Bordeaux produces twice as much wine as the whole of Australia!

    2.Bordeaux is often referred to as ‘claret’ in England. Claret is an Anglicised corruption of ‘Clairet’ which is a light red Bordeaux wine.

    3.80% of Bordeaux is red.

    4.Red varieties grown there are Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc. There is more Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot planted here than anywhere in the world! You will also find small amounts of Petit Verdot, Malbec, Carmenère.

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    5.It’s said that there are 10,000 estates in Bordeaux making wine. Some of the most expensive is Château Lafitte, which can sell for over €1,000 per bottle!

    6.Bordeaux wines can be divided into Left Bank (left of the Gironde/Dordogne rivers) – this includes Graves, and the Médoc, and its communes/villages of Margaux, St. Julien, Pauillac, St. Estephe. The best quality wines carry terms like ‘Cru Bourgeois’ and the very best are labelled ‘Cru Classé’.  ‘Cru Artisan’ is a recent quality labelling term, applied to smaller estates.

    7.Famous Right Bank wines include St. Émilion and Pomerol. In St. Émilion, ‘Grand Cru’ denotes very good quality, and the most expensive have ‘Grand Cru Classé’ on the label.

    8.Good value for money wines are labelled as ‘Bordeaux’, ‘Côtes de Bordeaux’ and ‘Blaye.’ These are mostly Merlot, making them softer and easier to drink.

    9.Many of the top Bordeaux wines are aged for up to two years in oak barrels.

    10.Vintages vary significantly in Bordeaux. Top wines from the best vintages are highly sought after.

    This year, the Bordeaux selection in Molloys is better than ever.   We’ve tasted through dozens of Bordeaux to bring you an amazing selection of good value Bordeaux from petit chateaux, which we know you will love!  Here’s a few to whet your appetite, but visit our French wines online to see more!

    l'Arrivet Haut Brion

    l'Arrivet Haut Brion Bordeaux Rouge  - medium-bodied, quite firm, with stewed black fruit, spice and a long fruity finish.  Excellent with hard cheeses, red meats, roasts.

    Hebrard Bordeaux


    Hebrard Bordeaux - fantastic quality Bordeaux, made in a modern fruity style; guaranteed to impress!  Exquisite layers of tobacco-pouch and cedar, mouth-filling ripe damsons & plums, with a hint of chocolate and spice.

    Chateau les Graves de Loirac Medoc, Cru Artisan

    Ch. les Graves de Loirac Médoc – this Cru Artisan wine does justice to its status - terrific fruit intensity (blackberry, black plum), with campfire smokiness, cloves, pleasant cocoa-like tannin, finishing long & fruity.

    Château Vieux Cassan

    Ch. Vieux Cassan Medoc is drinking really well; a great example of a mature Bordeaux, with classic vegetal aromas, stewed black fruit and toastiness.

    La Cour Fayard Pomerol

    Ch. La Cour Fayard Pomerol – a real treat for a Bordeaux buff!  Intense stewed plums, sweet spice, mocha, cedar are perfectly composed in this supremely elegant, lengthy Pomerol.

    Château Chante Alouette, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Ch. Chante Alouette St. Émilion Grand Cru 2013 - powerful, with ripe intense fruits, exploding to give great concentration of dark fruit, graphite & toastiness; finishing very long.


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  • Love chocolate & red wine? Essential Easter wine tips:

    March 26, 2015

    Love chocolate & red wine? Essential Easter wine tips: If you love chocolate & red wine, we’ve got some interesting news for you! And if you don’t, then this blog will turn you into a chocolate thief this Easter… (kids should hide their eggs!)

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